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December 24, 2014
Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers (RCF; Mumbai) said today that it has signed two joint venture agreements with Gail India, Coal India, and Fertilizers Corporation of India to set up...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Indian-firms-sign-joint-venture-agreements-to-build-large-coal-based-fertilizer-complex_66457.html
December 24, 2014
Mosaic, a major producer of phosphate and potash fertilizers, is planning to expand its ammonia plant in Louisiana. The company awarded KBR the license and engineering contracts to...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Mosaic-plans-ammonia-plant-expansion-in-Louisiana_66443.html
December 24, 2014
A Moscow court has issued a warrant in absentia for the arrest of Sergei Makhlai, chairman of the board of nitrogen fertilizer producer TogliattiAzot (Togliatti, Russia). He is charged...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Russian-court-issues-arrest-warrant-for-US-resident-fertilizer-businessman_66445.html
December 23, 2014
Jurong Aromatics Corp. (JAC, Singapore) has shut its petrochemical plant on Jurong Island, Singapore, about 22 December for maintenance and modification, the company said Tuesday. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Jurong-Aromatics-shuts-plant-for-maintenance-work_66411.html
December 22, 2014

Sasol has completed a $4.00-billion credit facility for its $8.90-billion ethane cracker and derivatives project at Lake Charles, LA.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Sasol-closes-$4-billion-credit-facility-for-Lake-Charles-ethylene-project_66400.html
December 22, 2014
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), one of the world’s largest potash producers, said today that it has completed the first stage of the sinking of the Ust Yayvinsky Mine. The mine is...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Uralkali-advances-construction-of-new-potash-mine-following-flooding-at-Solikamsk-2_66387.html
December 22, 2014
Shell Chemicals confirms that it has restarted operations at its wholly owned propylene oxide-styrene monomer (POSM) plant and ethylene oxide (EO) plant at the company's Moerdijk...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene_oxide/Shell-restarts-POSM-EO-plants-at-Moerdijk_66395.html
December 19, 2014
Sirius Minerals (London), a potash development company, said today that it has signed an additional take-or-pay agreement with a leading South American fertilizer distributor for the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/phosphorous/Sirius-Minerals-signs-additional-potash-offtake-agreement_66364.html
December 19, 2014
DuPont today filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC; Washington) to launch a spinoff of its mostly-commodity performance chemicals business, over a year after the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/titanium_dioxide/DuPont-files-for-performance-chemicals-spinoff_66339.html
December 19, 2014
G2X Energy (Houston) and Methanol Holdings (Trinidad) Ltd. (MHTL) announced on Thursday that MHTL intends to partner with G2X Energy to construct a previously announced, world-scale...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Methanol-Holdings-Trinidad-to-become-partner-in-Louisiana-project_66358.html
December 19, 2014
Mitsui Chemicals plans to shut its olefins conversion unit (OCU) at Osaka temporarily from the middle of January because of weaker propylene prices, the company said today. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/Mitsui-Chemicals-to-idle-olefins-conversion-unit-next-month-because-of-weak-propylene-prices_66348.html
December 19, 2014
UOP, a Honeywell subsidiary, says its C3 Oleflex process technology plant owned by Sibur (Moscow) has reached full capacity utilization. The facility, based at Tobolsk, Russia, will...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/Siburs-propane-dehydrogenation-plant-reaches-full-capacity_66233.html
December 18, 2014
BASF and Shell have reached agreement for BASF to sell its 50% share in their propylene oxide-styrene monomer (POSM) joint venture, Ellba Eastern (Singapore) to Shell, making it a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene_oxide/BASF-quits-Ellba-Eastern-POSM-joint-venture-with-Shell_66284.html
December 18, 2014
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), one of the largest potash producers, today announced its third-quarter results with revenues up 5% on the year-earlier quarter at $896 million. Production...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Uralkali-reports-strong-results-expects-record-potash-deliveries-this-year_66292.html
December 18, 2014
Styrene inventories in eastern China have dipped 4% this week, compared with last week, industry sources say. The inventory tally is estimated at 148,000 m.t., down about 7,000 m.t. or...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Styrene-stocks-in-eastern-China-fall-4-percent-against-last-week_66286.html
December 17, 2014
Dow Corning will abandon its never-operated Hemlock Semiconductor polysilicon facility in Clarksville, TN. The $1 billion-plus project was completed last year but never produced product because of oversupply in polysilicon markets and the impact of tariffs on polycrystalline silicon imported into China....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/silicones/Dow-Corning-to-abandon-Hemlocks-Tennessee-polysilicon-assets_66278.html
December 17, 2014

OxyChem (Dallas, TX) and Mexichem (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) say that their 50-50 jv, Ingleside Ethylene, began construction of its 540,000 m.t./yr ethane cracker at OxyChem’s Ingleside, TX, complex in the second quarter of 2014. The $1.5 billion project remains on schedule to begin commercial production in the first quarter of 2017, they say.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/OxyChem-Mexichem-cracker-jv-has-begun-construction_66275.html
December 17, 2014
Mosaic announced today that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Archer Daniel Midland’s (ADM) fertilizer distribution business in Brazil and Paraguay for...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Mosaic-completes-acquisition-of-ADM-fertilizer-distribution-business_66248.html
December 17, 2014
MEGlobal (Dubai) has launched a front-end engineering design (FEED) study for construction of a world-scale ethylene glycol (EG) plant on the US Gulf coast. The plant is expected to onstream in 2018....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene_glycol/MEGlobal-studies-world-scale-ethylene-glycol-project-in-US_66241.html
December 17, 2014
Nama Chemicals (Al Jubail) says that it plans to restart its chlor-alkali production facility at Al Jubail on 5 January 2015. The plant has been down since a fire in the caustic soda...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Nama-Chemicals-to-restart-chlor-alkali-plant-in-January_66239.html
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